According to MacRumors:
The original report had claimed that Apple would hold an iPad 3 media event in February with product launch in March. We had expressed some doubts about the long lead time between event and launch. Macotakara has had a mixed track record in the past, but has had enough hits that they continue to warrant attention.
The site is now reporting that while there will be an event in February, that it would be a “strange” (or unusual) event rather than the usual product announcement event:
I reported that Apple was going to hold Special Event in early February according to Asian supplier and source from united states, but this report told a half-side of truth. Apple will hold “Strange” event at February instead of Special Event.
Meanwhile, they now report that the iPad 3 announcement and launch will both take places in March.
Appleinsider contacted the author for clarification but was only told that the February event would not be a product event.
Rumors have been circulating for months about the next-generation iPad. Now they’re really ramping up. Wednesday saw the release of its supposed specs, and when it could arrive.
Boy Genius Report claimed a source had an iPad 3 prototype, and sent the tech site various development images that reveal more information about the device and its components.
Meanwhile, Amazon added two iPad 3 books to its European site — Ipad 3 pour les nuls, or iPad 3 for Dummies in French, and Auf die Schnelle iPad 3, which is German for iPad 3 on the Fly, according to a report from GameZone.com. iPad 3 for Dummies is scheduled to be published on March 29.
As for the specs, the images obtained by BGR show data points to model numbers J1 and J2, which refers to “iPad3,1″ and “iPad3,2.” This indicates that the iPad could be made available in two different versions — one for Wi-Fi and one perhaps with Wi-Fi and GSM/CDMA/LTE.
“From the data in the photos, which contain the output from an iPad 3 using a development and debug tool called iBoot, we can infer plenty of information about the upcoming iPad 3,” BGR said.
The images also show that Apple could be using a new processor called A6 (model number S5L8945X). This will likely be a powerful and extremely fast quad-core model.
It’s still unknown when the next-generation iPad could be unveiled. Speculations about a February or March announcement date have been making the rounds throughout the web for some time now. This is also in line with the company’s product launch cycle.
Although the images show that the device is being called the iPad 3, there was previously no indication that the latest tablet from Apple would even be called that. A recent report from iLounge noted that a prototype of the new version of the Apple tablet was at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show and that it looked almost identical to the iPad 2, so many speculated that Apple could be releasing an iPad HD with only a few updates from the iPad 2.
However, Bloomberg recently reported that the next-generation iPad will be faster – running on a quad-core chip – feature a high-definition screen and be compatible with long-term evolution (LTE), a wireless network that gives users access to data more quickly.